KEENE, N.H.--The Keene State College women's lacrosse team opened up a big lead, then held off a Franklin Pierce University comeback for a 14-9 non-conference win over the Ravens at Owl Athletic Complex in Saturday.
Franklin Pierce (1-1) got four goals apiece from Nicole Dale and Madeline Shopshire.
Freshman Jenna Bellano put KSC (2-1) on the board at the 26:09 mark. Nolan then scored twice before Shopshire put the Ravens in the scoring column with 15:39 left in the first half. Leading 3-1, KSC strung together three more goals as Nolan completed the hat-trick, Chadnick scored her first of the day, and Meghan Molloy got in on the act on an assist from Emilee Silegy.
Franklin Pierce did pull one goal back as Shopshire and Dale combined with 11 seconds left in the first half.
The Owls opened up the second half on fire. After the two teams traded goals within the first two minutes of the half, the Owls exploded for four straight goals. Trombetta scored two in a row, and Witherbee and Nolan each added single goals in the burst that pushed KSC's lead out to 11-3.
Dale stopped the KSC outburst briefly with her third goal of the game, but KSC got back-to-back markers from Chadnick and Witherbee to extend the lead to 13-4.
It was the Ravens who then picked up the scoring, netting five of the game's final six goals. Nicole Beliveau started the run for FPU with 16:55 to go, and Shopshire scored an unassisted goal 18 seconds later. Another goal for Dale with 14:25 on the clock trimmed the KSC lead to 13-7 before Nolan got her fifth of the game with 10:33 to play.
Keene State ran down much of the clock before the Ravens scored twice in the final two minutes, with Shopshire scoring both.
Erin Taylor made 11 saves in the KSC net, while Julia Coakley and Jacqueline Jolles split time in net for the Ravens. Coakley made 12 saves, while Jolles was called upon to make one stop.
The Owls will next be on action during Spring Break, playing the University of Scranton in Clermont, Fla. on March 17. Franklin Pierce will travel to the University of New Haven on March 13.